Marie is a lovely Parisian lady and globe-trotter. But she is also a treasure hunter. Apart from her travels with her hubbie, she spends months in Morocco wandering in Berber villages and sourcing their amazing craftsmanship. She has created Les Oies Sauvages, an e-shop with plenty of beautiful objects to pimp your home.
Discover more about Marie, her favourite travels and favourite spots.
Could you explain your business in a few words?
We travel to find the best handmade pieces and craftsmen and sell it through our e-shop and a few pop up stores throughout the year. We only sell “unique” pieces.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why this idea?
A few years ago, I was (once again) coming back home from Morocco. I had just bought this huge metal lamp, very fragile and wanted to travel with it. I hid it when checking my luggage in and put on so much make-up to get into the plane with my lamp so that guys wouldn’t notice my HUGE package.
As I got into the plane, cabin crew advised me that there was no place to put it (they usally have some special luggage disposal – they were full) and that I had to travel with it on my knees. I was literally suffocated by the lamp during 3 hours and decided I had to stop this crazy shopping cycle and make a business out of it. This is how Les Oies Sauvages was born.
Within your collection, which is your coup de cœur?
An amazing vintage rug, with rare tribal design and splendid colours. I bought it for me but it wouldn’t fit my dining table. It broke my heart but I eventually decided to sell it.
Where do you take your inspirations from and how do you make your collections?
I travel in Morocco a lot, I just … look around… And use my guts, always. I buy everything as if it was for me, I couldn’t think business first, it’s my “vision”, my DNA.
What are you most proud of?
Professionally speaking, I’m proud to have chosen the hard way. Forces you to stay realistic and honest. Sooo scary and rewarding at the same time.
What is your favourite thing in the world?
Looking at the sea, breathe in breathe out, in a very cherished and secret place, eating Vongole, with my love.
Which is your favourite place? Any good tip?
If we are talking restaurants :
Rice and Fish | I always want to eat their food, and it’s often too far from home
22 Rue Greneta, 75002 Paris, France
Il Brigante | Pizza, pizza, pizza, and the eyes of Salvatore, the owner.
14 Rue du Ruisseau, 75018 Paris, France
Umi | an organic Japanese, just a few blocks away from home, simple, delicious
119 Rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris, France
What is the best trip you have done and why?
Couldn’t name just one !! My first trip “alone”, I was nineteen and left quite suddenly to India for 3 weeks including one with a friend. It was a backpacker kind of trip and I keep great memories. I now have an obsession for south east Asia. Last year we went to Laos with my husband (we LOVED it) and this January we’ll be moving to Cambodia for a month.
Which is your favourite deco / brand / e-shop / concept store of the moment?
Brocante Lab, oups, Selency, they are nice, fun, and offer a real vision of second-hand, vintage furniture and objects. They are all “one of a kind”.
Any interesting project that you would like to share?
We are currently working on a décor consulting service, based on our fantastic craftsmen “carnet d’adresses”. It would be a cheap and amazing way to furnish and give a warm atmosphere to your apartment. Check out our Instagram to see more about that soon…
What is your motto?
I don’t have a motto…yet. I’m just trying to do my best professionally while maintaining a certain level of freedom. Many many brands were born this past years surfing on the Berber wave. One of my specificities, I guess, is respecting my suppliers and my customer by offering a fair price. Everything is about confidence and relationship quality, which is very important to me.